Didirri returns to Anglesea on 7 Oct

Didirri and his phenomenal live band are set to ignite the Australian music scene with their highly anticipated debut album tour in October – and we are thrilled this young star will be returning to The Sound Doctor after wowing audiences back in 2019.

Spanning across Melbourne, Sydney Newcastle, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Belgrave, Anglesea and Castlemaine, the Caught in the Act tour promises an exhilarating journey through Didirri’s musical landscape. With the soulful strains of his debut album featuring the mesmerising singles ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Often Broken’, Didirri aims to captivate audiences with his raw talent and heartfelt lyrics. 

Didirri and his band consistently deliver an unmissable live experience. Don’t miss the chance to witness this unique songwriter and his incredible ensemble live in Anglesea. 

Three Winters Nights to Warm Your Heart

As the wind howls and the sky looks ominous and grey outside, there is no need to suffer with the winter blues. The Sound Doctor has THREE shows to look forward to at the end of July, over a weekend of album launches that truly has something for everyone!

If you like your music loud, then get along to see incredible post-punk trio Cable Ties on Fri 28 July. For something a little more gentle, you want won’t to miss two of the most beautiful Indigenous performers on the scene at the moment – Jess Hitchcock supported by Jem Cassar-Daley – serenading us on Saturday 29 July. Then we’re inviting the whole family to join alt-country queen Fanny Lumsden for a super fun knees up on Sunday 30 July. Tickets to all three shows are on sale now!

Cable Ties + Our Carlson – Tickets $35 (standing only)

Jess Hitchcock + Jem Cassar-Daley – Tickets $45 (seated) $40 (standing)

Fanny Lumsden – Tickets $45 (seated) $40 (standing) $25 Under 15 (standing)


Supporting Adalita on Saturday 27 May

Amaya Laucirica is an Australian singer/songwriter whose music combines the swirling contours of Cocteau Twins with the wistful melodies of The Go-Betweens and the lush, sonic depth of Yo La Tengo. Within this rich palette of sound resides Amaya’s uniquely captivating voice, restrained yet beautiful, with rich breathy tones offering touching moments of yearning and lament.

Since 2008, she has released three critically acclaimed albums, with her most recent Rituals described as “absorbing and mesmerising” (The Morning Star, UK) and “Bright and brilliant” (GoldFlakePaint, UK).

She will be joining Adalita on Saturday May 27, and we can’t wait to have her play.

Only a handful of tickets still left – Book yours now.

Buy Tickets to Adalita $40 – $45

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Adalita heading our way!

As if it wasn’t enough that we have a huge March weekend of music coming up – with Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band in a totally sold out show on Friday 24 March and Mia Wray on Saturday 25 March  but we’ve already got you excited for May with Jen Cloher on Friday 26 May with tickets flying out the door.

Well now you’re absolutely spoilt for choice, as we announce Adalita is heading to Anglesea on Saturday 27 May and tickets are on sale now

Adalita is well-known and well-loved by many Sound Doctor fans, so it will be welcome news that her upcoming album tour will bring her back to the Surf Coast for an intimate show in Anglesea Memorial Hall. 

And she won’t be coming empty handed – she’s bringing her stunning new album, Inland and some very special guests, including her powerhouse band consisting of Matt Bailey (Paradise Motel) on bass, Dan McKay (Nation Blue) on drums and Lewis Boyes (Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males) on lead guitar. Together they’ll perform songs from Inland in a specially curated set in her trademark captivating style.

Tickets have just gone on sale – but they will not last long! Book yours now.

Buy Tickets to Mia Wray $30

Buy Tickets to Jen Cloher $45

Buy Tickets to Adalita $40 – $45

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Jen Cloher heading our way

After an incredible night out with Parsnip and Ty Segall with his Freedom Band in January, there is a definite buzz around about The Sound Doctor. So we thought we’d strike while the iron’s hot and give you another awesome act to look forward to. Jen Cloher is returning to Anglesea on Friday 26 May with their latest album and tickets are on sale now!

Before we get there we still have a huge weekend in March to enjoy with Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band on Friday 24 March and Mia Wray on Saturday 25 March. Tickets are selling well so don’t delay in getting yours – you don’t want to be the one who misses out!

And don’t forget you can buy a Jeff Raglus designed Sound Doctor t-shirt when you buy your show ticket or anytime here. Well while stocks last anyway!

Buy Tickets to Jen Cloher $45
Buy Tickets to Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band $45
Buy Tickets to Mia Wray $30

It’s hard to believe that it was five years ago that Jen Cloher (Ngāpuhi & Ngāti Kahu) got Sound Doctor audiences out of their chairs for the first time and cheering up a storm! We are so excited Jen is back with a new album to rock Anglesea once again on Friday 26 May.

Jen’s taut, terse brand of rock is charged with the static tension that comes with being an eternal misfit – they have spoken truth to power with the shrewd eye that only an outsider can possess. Admirers have naturally gravitated towards Jen’s incisive, generous songwriting and their first album in five years (the verdant and rich I Am The River, The River Is Me) is inspired by Jen’s powerful matrilineal line of wāhine Māori. It’s filled with fiercely political songs that are as much an energetic celebration as a form of resistance.

If you missed Jen the last time they were in Anglesea, you will not want to make that mistake again! 

“A modern day Patti Smith whose brutally honest, politically charged lyrics mark her out as one of the most interesting and important artists of her day.” The Independent UK

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Hello 2023!

It’s time to buy tickets to see Mia Wray and Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band in March

As we all start to come out of holiday mode, it’s nice to have something to look forward to. So get out your diaries and lock in the first full weekend of Sound Doctor music for 2023 on Fri 24 & Sat 25 March. We’re excited to announce we have Mia Wray heading to Anglesea on her EP tour and Tex Perkins with his Fat Rubber Band bringing their soon-to-be-released second album to the Surf Coast. Tickets for both shows are on sale now!

We haven’t forgotten that before that happens, Ty Segall and his Freedom Band are playing for us on Fri 20 Jan. But as that has been sold out for so long now and there won’t be any tickets available, we didn’t want to rub it in if you missed out on yours!

Here’s to plenty of great gigs in 2023!

Buy Tickets to Tex Perkins and The Fat Rubber Band $45

Buy Tickets to Mia Wray $30

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December just got hotter

We know you’re all busy planning the upcoming silly season, and we hope you’re in the mood for great music! We are beyond excited to announce that Grace Cummings is bringing her distinctive voice, intensely personal songs and rocking band to Anglesea on Friday 2 December.

Tickets are $40 and on sale now.

A captivating performer Grace Cummings is a uniquely gifted folk rock musician who has developed a global audience since the release of her critically acclaimed album, ‘Storm Queen’, earlier this year. Her songwriting reflects a strong connection to the Australian landscape, while influenced by  poets and luminaries from Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan to Brett Whitely and Van Gogh. With a voice that demands to be heard and lyrics that cut through to the heart, this show will leave listeners gasping for air.

But don’t take our word for it – here’s what the press have to say:

“Cummings isn’t content to merely sing along to her melodies. She tears her low, surging voice to shreds, braying like she’s beckoning you from the opposite end of a crowded room. It adds an eerie, intense quality to her music – a desperation behind the calm of her arrangements.” Pitchfork

“Exquisite, desolate, beautiful… Grace Cummings’ voice blazes a loving flash of energy like fire.” Your Music Radar

Support will come from Melbourne psychedelic pop outfit Sunfruits.

“Watery guitar effects, a tight-as-hell rhythm section, and those heavily melodic vocals – Sunfruits are coming into bloom, and there’s no telling where this journey will stop.” – Clash Magazine (UK)

Emily Lubitz heading to Anglesea

The name probably sounds familiar to Sound Doctor fans, who might remember a stunning performance from Tinpan Orange a few years back. It’s still one of the highlights of our catalogue not least because of Emily’s unbelievable voice. We can’t wait to hear it again, performing all new music in what will be a captivating live show. 

Very few artists can cradle your heart in their hands while they kick your ass. but that’s the power of Emily Lubitz and her captivating vocals. With the super-fun creativity of her all-grrrl rhythm section behind her, Emily prowls the stage with the gravitas of a giant Edith Piaf stalking through a post-apocalyptic Laurel Canyon. Tickets are on sale now – don’t miss it!

Buy Tickets to An Evening with Emily Lubitz Now – $35

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Three quick questions

Three Quick Questions for Maple Glider

Tori Zietsch the singer-songwriter behind Maple Glider asnwered a few quick qs ahead of her show on Sat 1 Oct

Buy Tickets to Maple Glider with Ruby Gill $35

Who or what inspired you to get into music?
I became pretty obsessed with music as a young kid. I sang in the school choir from grade 3 and started writing poems and songs when I was 9 or 10. In high school my family shared a little netbook computer. At that time a lot of the music playlisted seemed to be all-male indie rock bands. I’d google different genres of music to find the women who played in those genres. That’s when I first remember listening to Fiona Apple, Joan Baez and Nina Simone. I also riddled the computer with 103 viruses from downloading music on Limewire and was banned from using it for a while (my first lesson in paying for music!).

The first show I bought a ticket to was Sarah Blasko and Jack Ladder at the Starcourt Theatre in my hometown of Lismore, on Bundjalung land. I remember Sarah started playing a solo song and made a mistake and stopped and laughed about it before starting again. It made me feel so connected to her, and I was very inspired by it. I realised I was drawn to the humanness and rawness of watching and performing live music. I often think about that moment when I’m playing music now 🙂   

What are you looking forward to about your Sound Doctor gig?
I’ve been conscious of the Sound Doctor gigs for a while now and I’m so stoked I get the opportunity to play one with my beautiful band and Ruby Gill, who I love. I played some of my first gigs as a teenager in halls and I think this may be the first Maple Glider gig we’ll get to play in one. There is something very cosy and warm about sharing music in a hall. It’s one of my favourite settings for music. Also we get to come to Anglesea… hell to the yeah. 

What are you listening to now?
I’ve been smashing Marlon William’s new record My Boy. It only came out recently but I think I already know the lyrics to all of the songs. Ruby Gill’s debut album, I’m Gonna Die With This Frown On My Face. Ngaiire 3, Hannah Mckittrick Shells, Phoebe Go, Coco, Karen Dalton, Juan Waters, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Big Scary, and the birds in my backyard.

Maple Glider and Ruby Gill to make beautiful music together!

Now that winter is over, we’ve emerged from our hibernation ready to bring more amazing music to Anglesea Memorial Hall on Friday 30 September & Saturday 1 October.

We already have An Evening with Ben Lee for the Friday very close to selling out (so get your tickets now if you don’t have them already!).

Now we’re super excited to announce Maple Glider with Ruby Gill on the Saturday. This gig promises to take you back to Sound Dr shows of old, where you’re serenaded by beautiful sounds from two of the hottest indie-folk artists going around (both performing with their bands).

Buy Tickets to Maple Glider with Ruby Gill Now – $35

Buy Tickets to An Evening Ben Lee Now – $45 selling fast!

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Maple Glider is the project of solo artist Tori Zietsch (Peach with a Z). In the singer-songwriter tradition, her music is centred around the lyrics, exploring intimate themes and often serving as a self-catharsis. Offsetting the heavy-nature of some of the words, Maple Glider herself is humorous, fabulous and warm.

After releasing her hypnotic debut album, To Enjoy Is the Only Thing, last year Maple Glider has been making quite the name for herself, performing her acoustic-tinged, ethereal sound and honest lyricism around the country. The golden sweetness of her music has been likened to a generous embrace and her sultry vocals are reminiscent of Angel Olsen or Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker, so of course we’re thrilled she can bring her full band to The Sound Doctor.

Joburg-born, Naarm-based artist Ruby Gill is no stranger to Sound Doctor audiences, who fell in love with her powerful lyrics and quirky style when she supported Didirri in 2019. We’ve been waiting to have her back and with the release of her arresting debut record I’m gonna die with this frown on my face today, it seemed the perfect time.

Ruby sings the sort of songs that can quiet a room, induce full body goosebumps and bring you to the brink of tears, all before the chorus. When she performs with her band it will be mesmerising! Come for the wit, stay for the emotional repercussions.